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April 10, 2008

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Carlos

... exhibit #664 why blogging and dating don't mix in the age of Google. maybe I can pretend to be that Linux guy.

Dennis Brennan

So what's the quirky collective noun for tits?

Noel Maurer

To second what Carlos said: Doug, if I were still in the game, I'd be rather annoyed with you at the moment. Linux guy, indeed.

Since I'm not, I'm rather amused.

claudia

What? What?!?


Doug M.

Will Baird

*roflmao*

Dating in the age of Google is very, very amusing.

Thank the maker that I'm not involved anymore. ;)

Carlos

Doug sometimes forgets that he's well to the left on the approachable-intimidating scale, while I am five, six sigmas to the right (even if some people think I am sweet as sugar). Thus, the occasional inappropriate expertise transfer: "This is my friend Carlos! He knows _everything_." Christ, I've been cock-blocked with that since I was a teenager.

Anyway. Blog links removed. Not as bad as the guy yesterday who briefly put my cell phone number on Craigslist for a store rental ad. I hate phones enough as it is.

Ange

And what do you call a little tit? Would that be a "tittie"?

Claudia

Dennis: there isn't one. Note that some of the collective nouns for birds are fanciful, and many more are obsolete -- nobody says "a fall of woodcock" any more, and nobody ever really said "an exaltation of larks". Mind, even if you throw out all the dubious ones, there are still a dozen or so left -- bevy of quail, covey of partridges, brood of hens, parliament of rooks.

Ange: it would be, strictly speaking, a titling. One of the smaller British tits is called a titmouse.


Doug M.

Noel Maurer

Doug, you are doing a very good job of maintaining a straight face.

People, give it up. I had no f----n' idea that there was a bird called a "tit." Along with most of the rest of you.

Marcia

Well, I was going to thank Doug for the bird post and ask him what are some of the more exotic birds he's seen in Armenia and Germany, but I got confused by all the dating/Googling comments, so I guess I'll take my wedding ring, binoculars and Sibley's guide and head back out to the water treatment sanctuary...

Marcia

Oh, except to leave this URL of dorkitude:

http://genxlibrarian.blogspot.com/2008/04/i-miss-my-birds.html

King-Walters

Noel, I think this might be a transatlantic difference. Tits are, I think, pretty well-known over here in Britain. Which leaves me, if anything, even more baffled than Doug when it comes to the dating comments.

Noel Maurer

"Did I mention that the name 'tit' is British? What else would it be, right?"

"A Great Tit is, of course, a huge big tit."

I love it. Heck, if you add in the fact that "bird" means something different across the Atlantic, the potential for really bad double-entendres is endless.

Speaking of birds ...

There is a giant turkey running around the HBS campus. It'll latch on to someone, follow them around, and then get very angry if you try to shoo it away. I thought it was part of the centennial celebrations, being as Allston isn't exactly out near a farm.

But no, we really do have a wild Turkey running around. Wow.

Carbonel

If you were lucky enough to grow up listening to a record (yes, the vinyl thingy) rejoicing in the name "Great to be Kooky" (I kid you not) you also grew up knowing a mildly rude song about the "titmouse" who flys "up on the steeple" and "spits on all the people."

"Spits. "

Yeah. that's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

Andrew

Doug: Coal tits are so called because of the general darkish colour, I think - black and dirty grey. The European subspecies and the British one are a bit varied in colouration, though.

Noel: If it's any help, you get the jokes here too. For extra comedy value, consider the Bearded, Crested, Long-Tailed, Marsh and Willow Tits.

dennis

For the win-
Tits are smaller and perkier than boobies.

Will Baird

People, give it up. I had no f----n' idea that there was a bird called a "tit." Along with most of the rest of you.

Ignorance. Such ignorance. I knew that when I was 11. And I am not a birder.

Noel Maurer

Will: My ignorance knows no bounds.

Sixth-grade, there we are, about to eat the product of our long experiment with a terrarium. (Sic. Maybe.) And what does Joey yell?

"You can't eat that! It's growing in dirt!"

I'll add here that I never saw a horse without a cop on top of it, the way God intended, until I was 14.

(Yes, I know there are bridle paths in Central and Prospect Parks. No, I don't know if they were even used in the late 1970s and 1980s.)

The readership of this blog is not representative, I say, for of course my own personal experience is representative. Of me. I think.

P.S. Andrew, pretty good!

P.P.S. Dennis ... I can't freakin' breathe. You win. Is there really a bird called the booby?

Carlos

Dude, didn't you even watch Captain Kangaroo? "The blue-footed booby, off the coast of Ecuador!"

Spike Gomes

Noel, I can get you pics of boobies, if you would so like. They've become semi-tame and beg for handouts at one of the sea parks here that's near an off-shore island they nest on. One, however, cannot fully transmit the *smell* of a booby colony. You don't even have to land the boat to get a whiff of it

Noel Maurer

Carlos, I watched Captain Kangaroo, but apparently don't remember. More of a Sesame Street kind of guy, anyways. Still, no excuses, no memory.

Spike, that'd be welcome.

Andrew

I am now wondering what the effect on Noel will be if we tell him what else people call cormorants. (Though that one might not translate transatlantically...)

Dennis Brennan

Andrew (I had to look it up to get the joke that you were implying). We don't use the word, but we're familiar with it, thanks to Austin Powers.

Renee

As a child, we had lots of titmice and chickadees, and I liked knowing about the things in my yard.

At the time, I thought it was verrrry funny that "Great Tit" basically means "Great... small thing" if you go back to its middle/old (?) English roots.

Sad, I know (and I delurked for this!).

Michael

Dennis wins.

Will Baird

Great Tits Shift Mating Schedules Due to Warming

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/05/080508-great-tits.html


O:)

Richard Gadsden

zaunkoenig is a wren (Winter Wren in US English, simply wren in British English).

Common enough that I've seen them in my garden (in NW England) too.

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